Have you ever wondered of converting digital images into physical objects? Well, this modern era brings that revolution. Today the scenario is “It’s not that we use technology, we live technology” quoted by Godfrey Reggio, an american director. In this digital world people talk about AI, Machine Learning, Robots, Virtual Reality and many more. However, the world has a big list of innovative ideas. In this big list, one such idea added by Chuck Hull is 3D Printing. 3D printing is the groundbreaking innovation of the century. It has become an emerging technology in the field of printing, designing, manufacturing process and many more. It’s like magic to convert images to objects. But we need a magician for any magic tricks. Here it is the 3D printer.
What is 3D printing?
It is an additive manufacturing process. Additive means an object is created by adding material layer by layer. What is the object? The object here can be a pen, pencil, toy, patterns, abstract designs anything that you want as a physical object. Now the second question comes to your mind is who adds this layer? It’s the 3D printers. The object is first designed on the PC screens by some software and then printed by 3D Printers. 3D printers can be of different types depending upon the use. An industrial use 3D printer is giant while a domestic one is comparatively small. Excited to have a glance at a 3D printer? Here it is. A domestic used 3D printer.
How is the printing done?
To print any kind of things we need an object. Therefore, the first step of 3D printing is to create a layout of the object you want to print. Software like AutoCAD, Solidworks, Rhino, Turbocad, Blender, Onshape, SketchUp, etc. is helpful for designing the 3D object. However, it is recommend for beginners to use SketchUp and Cubify Invent software. 2D drawings are converted into 3D with the help of this software. You can also vary the color, appearance, size, etc. of the objects with this software.
Once done with the designing part, let’s jump to printing. The designed data is fetched to the 3D printers. Receiving the data, the printer pulls the material through a tube and starts adding one by one layer of the object on the plate. The addition of layer is continued until the full structure is obtained. Generally, plastic, PLA, and ABS is the common material used in 3D printers. However, other materials like nylon, PETG, carbon fibers, etc are used for printing various types of objects.
Why 3D printing?
You must have heard this in the classrooms “Try to imagine it in a 3D view” by the teachers. However, it is not so easy to visualize a 2D object in a 3D plane. 3D printers solved this problem of the students. Now you don’t need to visualize because the object itself will be on your hand. Once the educational organization adopts this technology, education will be fun and amazing.
Many medical institutes already adopted this technology to design dummy skulls, ear, nose and various body organs to give a better view of the organs to the aspirants.
In the fashion world, 3D printed dress is taking the industry to a higher level.
But the architecture field was the first to adopt this technology. This technology can present Blueprints of the houses, buildings, etc. in a 3D view. Hence, Architect can easily explore their ideas and designs of the structure to the clients.
What if I tell u 3D printed cars production will enter this year. Two companies recently announced the release of the small electric car.
Let’s make 3D printing more interesting.
Amazing 3D printed objects
- A contractor form Minnesota created a small castle in his backyard Using 3D printer.
- A hospital in Netherland has 3D printed plastic skulls and implanted in a women’s head to alleviate pressure on her brain.
- 3D printed drones.
- A company in Japan makes 3D printed model of the unborn baby.
- 3D priting food is becoming popular day by day.
- Use of 3D printed telescope and other useful equipment by NASA.
- 3D printed guitars, violin, and other musical instruments built a great craze for the music lovers
- 3D printed prosthetic hands and legs in the medical field.
- Giant 3D printers in Japan printed 10 houses in just one day.
Want to know more about 3D printing technology? The best way to know something is to work with it. Why not a 3d printing workshop? By doing a workshop, you will be able to explore more about 3D printing with your group members. You will learn basic 3D designing of any object and will be able to see the additive manufacturing process by the 3D printers. Not only this you will be able to print your own designed 3D printed object. Trust me it will be a whole new experience. You may get varieties of topics for your workshop across the internet. However, we at eckovation always think out of the box. Keeping you updated with the recent technologies is our one of the main motive.
Nevertheless 3D printing is the personal manufacturing revolution of this century and will expand more in the future. It will change the shape of the manufacturing and design industry. A day will come where 3D printed objects will replace all the physical objects. With all the indication of its development, it is going to be a future technology which will change the world. Get ready for it.
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